Peyton Manning won two Super Bowls and five NFL MVP awards, but one thing Manning never captured was the Heisman Trophy. Steve Spurrier believes the now retired quarterback was snubbed in the 1997 Heisman race.
Manning threw for 3,819 yards and 36 touchdowns during his tremendous senior campaign at Tennessee, but finished second to Michigan’s Charles Woodson in the 1997 Heisman race. Spurrier, who was the head coach at Florida during that season, told ESPN’s Paul Finebaum that Manning deserved to win the award that season.
“Everyone in the south knows he should have won the Heisman Trophy,” Spurrier told Finebaum.
Ironically, Spurrier and the Gators were one of the two teams to get the better of Manning and the Volunteers that season. Tennessee’s lone regular season loss came at the hands of the Gators in The Swamp on Sept. 20. The Vols eventually won the SEC Championship and lost in the Orange Bowl to Nebraska.